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About Apotheca

Apotheca (definition) by Webster 1913
A*poth"e*ca - One who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes.
The word "apotheca" was originated in the 14th century from the Greek word "apotheke".
Opening hours:
Sunday to Wednesday: 12 noon 12.30 am | Thursday 12noon-1.30am |Friday &Saturday: 12 noon 2 am
History of Apotheca

Apotheca bar opened in Manchester city centre, UK in November 2008 and is situated in a listed building in the creative Northern Quarter district. The name comes from the antique pharmacy cabinets, which grace the front bar that were originally used to provide medicinal relief in the form of a remedy. These apothecary draws are now home to a variety of distilled tinctures and elixirs once again providing a cure in perhaps a more sociable setting.

A mixture of ella and meta embossed high stools surround the bar and classic Queen Anne chairs are drawn up to elegant solid bistro tables. Black leather sofa's are situated neatly in each bay window and also fit snugly at the back of the room a great place to sit and contemplate the huge photographic artwork depicting Sheep by the very talented Manchester/NY photographer Anthony Crook.


Best Cocktails in Town 2010 - Winner of City Life Awards

Serving cocktails is easy. Serving consistently high quality cocktails, with well-balanced flavours, from an ever-evolving menu, using fresh ingredients, whilst keeping down the queues and always serving with a smile, is an art form; and one that Apotheca gets right every time I visit.
Living up to its namesake, Apotheca takes a scientific approach to its cocktail making, drawing upon rare spirits, liqueurs and flavours. For something different try the award-winning Thai One; Ketel One Citroen vodka, fresh red chillies, lemongrass, lime, coconut and coriander.

Rachel Esson - Bars Correspondent, City Life.


To see more reviews of Apotheca visit Trip Advisor & Yelp



Winner of MFDF Best Bar

Thank you to everyone who voted for Apotheca in the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards 2009.

It's now official, Apotheca is the MFDF best bar 2009. Keep visiting us and we promise to continue with our level of great service and fantastic cocktails.

ps. our sister restaurant Dough pizza kitchen also picked up an award for Family Friendly Restaurant.

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Deep down in the basement lounge

Rustic brickwork lines the walls as you head down to the comfortable basement lounge, industrial columns, bare brick feature walls and another innovatively designed bar stocked with premium spirits all make for another place to relax and soak in the atmosphere whilst sampling some of the classic cocktails mixed by Apotheca's eclectic cocktail ambassadors handpicked from around the UK. Rich red carpet, mahogany cabinets and a smattering of black leather sofas and pouffs complete the setting.

The Building of Apotheca

Apotheca was built between September - November 2008 and have been rocking manchester Northern Quarter for over 4 years

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